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How to Tie a Sliding Sinker (Carolina) Rig for Catfish


There’s lots of different rigs you can use for catching catfish but one of the ones that is most popular with angles, and also one of the easiest is the sliding sinker rig and that’s the one I use most often when I fish for channel catfish. So I’m gonna take a few moments today and show you how to tie one of those up. If you look right here, I have several different sizes of sliding sinkers over here I have a one half ounce sliding egg sinker and here I have a couple of bank sinkers. This
one is one ounce, this one is two ounces and how much weight you use will depend on
where you’re fishing generally you want the weight to keep the bait on
the bottom so if you have a lot of current you’ll need a larger weight if the current isn’t very strong or the water is
pretty shallow you don’t have a lot of water tugging on your line you can probably get by with something
smaller some fishermen, if they’re fishing in
current, use weights a lot bigger than this but this is generally what I carry my
tackle box because it generally works for a situation that I get into. Alright, for demonstration purposes today I’m going to attach a two ounce bank sinker to
my line so I’ll put that on the line first The next thing I’ll need to do is attach a snap swivel and for that I’m going to use a
polamer knot I’ll give you a quick demonstration of how to
tie that knot the first think I’m going to do is put the line
through the eye of the snap swivel and then come back through so now I’m just gonna tie an overhand knot in
there just like these two strands are one string OK, there I have a knot now all I have to do is take the snap swivel and put it through this loop I have
right here in this hand so I’ll just put it right through there and all I have to do is tighten everything up and lastly I’ll clip off the tag end. All right, now we have our main line rigged up with
a sliding sinker and a snap swivel. The only thing we need to do now is attach a leader to here and a hook. Now you possibly can buy pre-snelled leaders that have a hook already
attached but I find that in my area, you cannot find any of those that are suitable for
catfish. Typically what is sold locally here have smaller books and the leaders are also shorter than I like.
Most of them being sold are six inches I prefer mine at least a foot long, even two feet. So I’m going to go ahead and show you how to
make your own leaders, that way you can also make your own if
needed For that that I’m going to use this 30 pound monofilament line.
obviously exactly what you use depends on how
big a catfish that you’re planning on catching The first thing I need to do is snell a a hook on the end of the line. so I’ll go ahead and pull the line through the eye
of the hook and then pull through about four or five inches
extra and then double it back and hold it against the hook with your
thumb and forefinger and then take the other hand and wrap the
line around the shank of the hook and the line about four or five times a couple extra turns doesn’t hurt then you just bring the line back
through the loop that’s on the end of the hook and you just pull everything tight. now I’ll clip off the tag end The only thing I need to do now is, on the other end of the leader, I need to put a loop that I can attach the snap swivel to so I’ll go ahead and cut if off and now I’m going to double back the last three inches or so of the line and just tie a regular overhand knot in there to
make a loop very simple pull it tight and just cut off the tag end Now I’m going to go ahead and attach the leader
to the snap swivel and I’m ready to fish! So, just for review: the first thing I have is a sliding sinker
that slides freely on the line then the line goes down to a snap swivel the snap swivel then is attached to a leader and it’s about fifteen inches long and that’s attached to a 4/0 circle hook.

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